THE Stratford Mop of 1914 appeared little changed from previous years. Wartime austerity had not yet set in and few people foresaw that the conflict would be lengthy. One of the great traditions of the fair was its roasts. No less than five oxen and seven pigs were rotating on the spits outside the pubs on the big day. The excursion trains brought their usual hundreds of revellers from Birmingham and other centres of population. None of Stratford’s conscripts had yet embarked overseas, although just five days before, a regular with the South Wales Borderers, Sgt RH Savage, had been the first Stratfordian to fall victim to the war. He had been struck by shrapnel at the Battle of the Aisne and died of his wounds in Bournbrook Military Hospital.
Four years ago Ellis Holtom, of Stratford-upon-Avon, was born with half a working heart. Later, the Herald featured his condition as a tribute to the work of Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he was treated. Now, to mark Congenital Heart Defect Week his mum, Vicki, updates his story. . .
ALL 326 local planning authorities in England, councils like Stratford-on-Avon District, need a local plan. The core strategy is a component of that local plan. It contains all the local district wide policies that need to be considered when processing planning applications. New development needs to satisfy local needs, helping to realise the hopes and ambitions of its communities and protect them from situations they fear. New homes and places to work should provide then with a healthy lifestyle, a pleasant place to live, good recreational facilities and above all the infrastructure that enhances their quality of life. The buzzword to describe this is ‘sustainable’.
THE poor are paying more than they should be for their energy, according to damning new evidence from Stratford-upon-Avon’s Citizens Advice Bureau. Prepayment meters (PPMs) are costing users in fuel poverty a “disproportionate amount” for what little gas and electricity they can afford, the bureau has found. There are around 7.2 million people on prepayment meters in the UK and several thousand in the district of Stratford. Despite Stratford’s reputation as an affluent area, the bureau is being forced to come to the aid of more and more people living in fuel poverty on an increasingly regular basis.
NEARLY 50,000 dance music fans are descending on Long Marston Airfield this weekend for GlobalGathering.
Now in its 14th year, nearby residents picked up their discount £50 tickets for the two-day festival on Wednesday and Thursday. They normally cost £130.
The festival organisers, MAMA and Company, increased the allocation from 1,200 to 1,400 for this year.
Traffic is snarled up in Stratford-upon-Avon this morning, with queues tailing back along the A46 towards the Marraway Roundabout.
It took Bridgetown resident Alison Roache an hour to drive from Sheep Street in the centre of town to her home in Keats Road.
“I came in very early to do some shopping,” she said. “Traffic is gridlocked and there isn’t a police officer in site. It’s just made me really cross.”
While the traffic is frustrating some residents, others have managed to get cheap tickets for the festival.
Last year, resident tickets were available for a £40 donation to charity and despite an increase in number from 800 to 1,200, they sold out for the first time.
There was uproar from some residents left disappointed because they wrongly believed each household was entitled to two tickets, when they were actually available on a first-come first-served basis.
To combat a potentially dangerous rush of people this year, an online system was introduced.
Live for two weeks, half the tickets went on sale between Monday 30th June and Friday 4th July, and the second allocation was available between Monday 7th and Friday 11th July.
Rumours circulated last year that eager music fans from around the country were knocking on doors and paying residents of nearby villages to get tickets for them.
This year, only residents who are on the electoral register within two miles of the airfield were able to buy them online.
In order to get their wristband this week they have had to take their driving licence with that same address on it to the airfield.
Residents from Lower Quinton, Upper Quinton, Clifford Chambers, Long Marston, Welford, Dorsington, Pebworth, Preston-on-Stour and Admington all qualify for resident tickets.
Over the years they have raised more than £300,000 for the surrounding community.
Community first responders, defibrillator groups, churches, Open Space Project, Shakespeare Hospice, Warwickshire and North-amptonshire Air Ambulance, Riding for the Disabled, and Guide Dogs are just some of the community projects benefitting this year.
The police, who have 446 officers and members of staff working at the festival, are warning people to expect an increase in traffic around Stratford this weekend.
Festival organisers have set up a telephone number to call in the event of any noise complaints. Ring 0345 557 8394.
GlobalGathering runs from 12noon today until 4am on Sunday.
The headline acts are David Guetta, Chase and Status, The Prodigy and Alesso.